Da Nang completes second-stage upgrading of Tien Sa port

Saturday, 2018-07-28 18:37:14
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California Trader, the first cargo ship docks at Da Nang's Tien Sa Port after its renovation. (Photo: NDO/Thanh Tung)
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NDO/VNA - The central city of Da Nang officially put into operation the second stage of Tien Sa port after two years of construction on July 28, bringing its total capacity to 12 million tonnes of cargo per year.

General Director of Da Nang Port JSC Nguyen Huu Sia said that the second stage at Tien Sa Port had cost more than VND1 trillion (US$44.2 million), of which 36% was funded by the company.

He said the second stage, which included two piers, would allow access to 70,000DWT (deadweight tonnage) ships, 4,000TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) container ships, and 150GT (gross tonnage) cruise ships.

Sia said the port was a key hub in central Vietnam and met international logistics standards in the region connecting the East-West Economic Corridor that links Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam.

An overview of Tien Sa port after its renovation. (Photo: NDO/Thanh Tung)

The Tien Sa port, 10km from the city centre, handled four million tonnes of cargo in the first six months this year, a 6.14% increase in comparison with the same period last year.

The port received on average 23 ships from 15 shipping agencies per week. The expanded port will help build it into a leading international commercial gateway in the ASEAN region by 2025.

According to the Ministry of Transport, the city’s port system, including Tien Sa, Lien Chieu and Son Tra, would handle 29 million tonnes of cargo by 2030.